Catered chalets, which Brits know and love, are still few and far between in the USA, but some Uk companies are beginning to take advantage of this gap in the market and are bringing more and more UK skiers to their US catered ski chalets.
Market research shows that 37% of UK skiers stay in catered chalets, more than any other type of accommodation. (Ski Club of Great Britain snow sports analysis). Whereas most Americans tend to stay in self-catered condominiums or full service hotels, the Brits seem to like harking back to the old days of old fashioned "house parties". They bring back memories of large houses, a group of friends spending an evening over dinner, while the servants cook, serve and clean up, without guests having to lift a finger.
These are hassle free – everything is done for you. Meals are prepared by a chef, so guests don't have to worry about buying food or having to cook dinner after a hectic day on the slopes, nor do they have to argue about which restaurant to go to with their group! Plus lift passes and ski school vouchers are ready for our guests when they arrive and ski rental equipment is fitted in the chalet, so guests don't have to hang around in local shops.
Colorado based Chalets USA have found demand for their US catered chalets increasing so rapidly they've opened a new one this year. They have had so many inquiries for them in Colorado and hate having to turn people away, so they decided to open a third catered chalet – Chalet Bluebell 3 in time for the 2007/8 ski season.
Chalet Bluebell 3 is located in the heart of Winter Park, Colorado, USA, which has the highest average snowfall of all the major Colorado resorts and the most consistent snow year after year. The resort opened on November 14 for the 2007/8 season.
So watch out – these are on the rise in the US and may gradually start to compete with the more well know condos and hotels. Maybe the Brits are onto a good thing and maybe we ought to give it a go – it's well know Americans love good service, so lets go all the way!